Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2007 – 50% abv
Info: Harvested in 2006 and distilled in 2007, the grain for this whisky was grown for Bruichladdich in the Minister’s Field at Rockside Farm by Mark and Rohaise French.
Colour: Light straw golden, nice and natural.
Nose: It’s got those deep punchy Bruichladdich oil tones all the way through, along with layers of light malt. There’s floral honey tones. Something funky.
Palate: Lovely, thick and warming. Considering it’s 50% it’s really gentle and velvety, very easy to drink and enjoy. It’s beautifully sweet and balanced with those ever present deep Bruichladdich oils there.
Finish: Soft long and strong! (it’s not Andrex though).
Water: Not needed, but if you do it stays nice and thick, and brings out some salty tones along with some summery citrus hints.
Thoughts: Very enjoyable, it’s thick, lavish and packed completely full of Islay terroir. The palate and finish are my favourite parts, the nose is a little unique.
Available: Master of Malt – £43.85
Thanks to Bruichladdich for the sample.